Lynne, didn't you used to work in a Kirkbride (my fading memory of readin old posts...)
I wish! No, I have visited (i.e., went to meetings, met with friends and/or patients, or interviewed at) a number of state hospitals - Western State in Tacoma, Washington; Western State in Staunton, Virginia (the old one that's being turned into apartments plus the new one); Southwest State in Marion, Virginia; Kankakee State Hospital in Illinois; DeJarnette in Virginia (the old one plus the new one); Napa State Hospital in California; Madison State Hospital in Indiana; and I spent my first 5 years several miles up the same road as Dixmont, plus I have worked at and visited a lot of developmental centers (Utah, Washington, Indiana, Virginia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Illinois), but most, if not all, of those were on cottage plans.
Sigh . . .
I need me a Kirkbride.
Most UEers have seen more hospitals than I have, although most of my visits are while the hospitals are still active. That's why I enjoy this site so much.